Our Crusader Brown Scapular, also known as the Athlete Scapular, is a very popular sacramental for Catholics with a devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This brown scapular is made of 100% wool and is smaller in size than our other scapulars. The cross is pictured on each end. A crucifix is attached to the Crusader Brown Scapular. In addition, a St Benedict medal is attached. Instructions for enrollment in the brown scapular and information on the Rule of St Benedict are included.
The brown scapular promise was given to St Simon Stock, a Prior General of the Carmelite Order, by the Blessed Virgin Mary. When the Blessed Mother appeared to St Simon Stock, she handed him the scapular and promised that Whosoever dies wearing this scapular (habit) will not suffer eternal fire.
The 1912 Catholic Encyclopedia states that a list of indulgences, privileges, and indults of the Scapular Confraternity of Mount Carmel was approved on July 4, 1908, by the Congregation of Indulgences. The Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship states the Brown Scapular is an external sign of the filial relationship established between the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Queen of Mount Carmel, and the faithful who entrust themselves totally to her protection, who have recourse to her maternal intercession, who are mindful of the primacy of the spiritual life and the need for prayer.